New Chef Rockin the menu at Cavatina

The first review I wrote in 2016 was about my memorable dinner at Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. The hotel sits in a 3.5-acre oasis of gardens and is a home-away-from-home to rock legends, filmmakers, writers, actors and discerning guests from around the world. Recently, James Beard Award-winning chef, Michael Schlow, the owner and…

Barton G – Where Art and Food Collide

The truly one-of-a-kind, theatrically over-the-top dining experience at Barton G is nothing short of amazing. As servers bring enchantingly artistic culinary presentations from the kitchen to the table, the dining room fills with oohs and ahs. Every diner enjoys a glamorous and unique evening of avant-garde dishes complete with vaporizing cocktails. If three-foot-tall desserts and…

PUMP – West Hollywood’s Newest Darling

One block away from Lisa Vanderpump’s exclusive West Hollywood restaurant and lounge, SUR, is her recent endeavor with husband Ken Todd, PUMP. I arrived alone on a Wednesday evening and was welcomed by the charming host up front. He sat me at a lovely table on the outdoor patio, under 100-year-old olive trees, and two…

Dancing With The Stars Wrap Party

The Dancing With The Stars Season 18 official wrap party was held last Tuesday night at Riviera 31 of the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The winners Meryl and Maks were not at the party, because they had to be quickly whisked away to LAX to fly to New York to appear on…

Celebrity Chef Opens Old-School Seafood Shack

I was so excited about the menu, atmosphere and vibe at the new Connie and Ted’s restaurant, that I sent two tweets while there: “Chefs Sam Baxter & Michael Cimarusti  make a rockin’ lobster roll. It goes great w/a Hanger 24 lager.” The second tweet said, “Bravo to Chef Michael Cimarusti  for bringing the taste…

Tortilla Republic

My first experience at Tortilla Republic was in Poipu Beach, Kauai. The modern Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar offers a creative menu without using lard, unwanted preservatives or additives. Owned by the same restaurateurs who own Taste in the Pacific Palisades and on Melrose, they opened a second Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood in March…